Tag Archives: LODD

Line Up For Your Beating

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If you haven’t noticed a problem in our society, perhaps the MMQ on the Boston LODDs will help you get there.  We have become reliant on the sound bite, a single picture, or a video to judge others. Instead of understanding, we rush to be the first to promote our own ego and to assume our expertise. When […]

Time To Get Uncomfortable

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I harbor serious concerns when individuals with the responsibility to protect the vulnerable underestimate risk and disaster comes calling.

Are We Off Limits?

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If you want to have outrage, use it on the real people we have who make the brotherhood look bad through their lack of professionalism.

No Trash Talking

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Cicero said it best: “We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.”

It Can’t Happen Here

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Our prayers need, right now, to be with our brothers at Bryan (TX) Fire Department in their loss of two valiant men.

Taking Risks When There Is Nothing To Save

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Every day it is something else: Staffing cuts, furloughs, pension systems under attack. And now, if all that isn’t enough, the politicians would like to go after the benefits allocated for our loved ones if we die in the line of duty.

Images

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What we see today, might be gone tomorrow. What we can touch and hold right now may be a memory moments later.

9/11: “Devoted To Duty Above Personal Risk”

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We understand that there comes a time to grow up, and the right thing to do is to put away the childish ways and become a real man, with responsibility and dignity.

Swedish Message, Part 2

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For a group of people who pride themselves on being professional at their craft, we have a little to be desired when it comes to taking care of business in the manner in which it should be done.

Giving As Much As We Have

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We do not know the day nor the hour. We need to prepare as if every day were the day.

Saying Goodbye To A Friend

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If we really care about leaving a legacy, we should consider the culture we develop as a result of our leadership of others.

Vest-Wearing Yard-Breathers

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If I may appeal to your rational side, if safe practices are really just sucking the life out of you, then try thinking about it from the perspective of your survivors.

Stuck In The Past

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When your organization is experiencing such dysfunction that it is obvious even to the newest recruit, then how clueless are you to insist that everything is coming up roses?

Where Were You That Night?

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It was inevitable that something bad would happen, given what we know now. All we can do now is honor the lives of those who go before us, pray for the families and help them deal with this tragedy, and hope we all learn from the events that evening.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Battalion Chief with Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire and Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.

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